The North Shore is famous for its monster waves .... and Turtle Beach. The surf calms down (just a bit) in this cove where honu (turtles) come ashore.
Here is Nalukai ... aka Brutus!
The volunteers from Malama na Honu (Protect the Turtles) rope off the area once a honu comes ashore. The Hawaiian green sea turtle is an endangered species and it is illegal to interact with them. Malama na Honu strikes a balance by allowing tourists to view the honu behind the rope. The volunteers also provide helpful information about the honu.
Brutus enjoys the sun ... and surf!
Sometimes the surf washes the turtles high onto the beach. They find their way back to the kai (sea).
In the distance, I enjoyed the 10 foot waves roll into the pipeline.
A few surfers ventured into the kai ...
... taking advantage of the winter waves.
Kim in Hawaii
To learn more about Malama na Honu, check out their website at malamanahonu.org.
|Dedicated volunteers with Malama na Honu.|